Cybersecurity must be a major part of an organization's business plan and strategy, no matter its size. It is one of the most critical areas of focus for financial institutions in particular. There are simple steps that credit unions can take to improve its cyber posture.
Tip #3: Be Aware of Phishing Attacks
CISA warns, “If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.”
Phishing attacks are fake messages from a seemingly trusted or reputable source designed to convince you to reveal information, give unauthorized access to a system, or click on a link. These can come through emails, text messages, phone calls or social media messages.
Employees need to be aware of what these messages can look like – HR and Accounting departments can be particularly vulnerable to fake bank emails, customers "changing" their accounts for deposit, and emails asking for payroll, tax, or HR info from the "CEO" or "CFO".
For employees and customers accessing office networks on a personal computer or bringing work devices home, understanding these types of fake communications will be critical to preventing hackers from accessing company data and networks.
Michael Seidelman is Director of Cybersecurity for Think|Stack, a Managed IT Services CUSO specializing in cloud and cybersecurity solutions for credit unions and non-profits.